Sunday, March 22, 2020

Our Entire World Brought to Its Knees (let's pray while we're there)

There can be no doubt that the entire world, all of humanity, has been brought to its collective knees. Schools and businesses are closed; places of employment are shut down; the medical communities, of the entire world, are straining to keep patients alive if at all possible; groceries stores, once overflowing with products, have empty shelves due to the panic created by the media; the stock market is plummeting in value; even churches are cancelling in-person services.  What could possibly cause such worldwide chaos:  nuclear war, chemical spills, earthquakes, tornados, typhoons, volcanoes erupting, a zombie apocalypse?

None of the above.  It’s a virus.  Wait, its not some foreign army, aliens from outer space, or some natural disaster. Nope, it’s a virus, one that’s being passed from one human being to another, literally, and all around the planet, even to some of the most remote islands on earth.

The Corona virus, Covid 19, measures 120 nano-meters (nm) across.  That’s it?  Yep. Let me give you some perspective.  A nano-meter is one-billionth of a meter.  A meter (39.4 inches) is a little larger that a yard (36 inches).  So, if you divide one meter (39.4 inches) into one billion pieces, the Covid 19 virus is only as wide as 120 of those one billion pieces.  That is the world’s current, common, enemy; that is the one thing that the entire world is focused on stopping; that microscopic virus is killing people, by the minute, all over the Earth, and our money, our bombs, our weapons, our hatred, our politics, our most brilliant scientists, around the world, at this moment, are powerless to stop it from happening.

All of God’s creation continues to flourish.  The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the rain is falling, the geese are squawking as they fly overhead, the sun rises and sets, the stars are still in the night sky along with the moon and the planets.  Yet mankind, the highest, most intelligent of all of God’s creatures, has been brought to our knees, by an invisible virus that measures 120 billionths of a meter.  The mystery here is how do we defeat it; how do we kill it so that it stops killing so many people?

The prophet Daniel, when faced with the mystery of interpreting the king’s dream, turned to God for wisdom and understanding:
Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven; Daniel answered and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.  And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding.  It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him" (Daniel 2:19-22).

No doubt numerous believers are praying and asking God to help with this “mystery” called the Corona Virus, and that is the right thing to do.  Pray that God will be merciful and gracious and give the scientists and medical people wisdom and knowledge; pray that through the countless number of tragedies around the globe that God will reveal everyone’s need for a Savior; pray that believers will be compassionate, caring and loving and not show even a hint of spiritual pride or a judgmental attitude, but remember that they, too, were once lost souls in need of Jesus.

Hopefully all humanity will learn some very important lessons from this battle with a virus. Here’s a few:  that life, here, is short and precious; that “things” (cars, boats, houses, money etc.) mean absolutely nothing and are worthless at the time of one’s final breath; that other people, friends and family, are truly the most precious gifts that we have while we’re here on Earth.  And most of all, that there is a God who is sovereign over this universe, and every human being will stand before Him at the moment of their physical death (Hebrews 9:27) to give a reason why He should allow them into His heaven.  May the gospel message be clearly taught during this time of extreme circumstances.

Out of love, care and concern for others in your community, please heed the advice being given by the medical professionals:  (1) stay home if you are sick; (2) wash your hands frequently and vigorously; (3) don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face with your hands;  (4) observe the social separation policy of 6 feet of distance; (5) the older generation are the most vulnerable to this virus; (6) please don’t panic and hoard products.  By the way, this is an upper respiratory illness, NOT a digestive one; so don’t hoard the toilet paper.

May the Lord keep you and bless you.


By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cultural-ishtianity: Interpreting the Bible

For decades now, many in western cultures have denied any sort of “absolute truth.”  That denial is part of the post-modern mindset, which sees virtually everything regarding truth as “relative.”  In other words, what might be true for one person may not, necessarily be true for someone else, even if there are facts in place that prove, beyond a doubt, that something is, in fact, true.  This is particularly relevant in the areas of morality, ethics and decency.

This relativistic method of determining what is true and not true, has dug its way deeply into the Church and especially in the area of “hermeneutics” (interpretation of the Bible). In fact, this relativistic method of determining truth has been the cause of all sorts of wrong interpretations of God’s Word, thereby creating theological havoc amongst many denominations.

Interpretation of the Bible is also driven by various cultural and political agendas:  homosexuality, abortion, social justice pundits, conservatives, liberals, warmongers and “peace at all costs” proponents. The Bible never speaks of a democracy or a republic, communism or socialism.  The Bible speaks of a Kingdom, over which rules only one King, who makes all the rules and dispenses justice accordingly.  He is a monarch.  An electoral college or a popular vote does not put Him on His throne.  King Jesus will rule and reign here on the earth at His second coming, just as the Bible prophesies.

Dr. Mal Couch taught his students that there is only one correct interpretation of a passage.  There may be secondary applications, but there is only one correct interpretation.  That’s why he was so emphatic about learning and using the original languages, so that the possibility of a wrong interpretation, and leading people astray, is minimized.

Not everyone can spend 3-6 years obtaining a seminary education; so let me give you some solid rules for doing a better job of understanding and interpreting the Bible.

For the deep study of God’s Word, I recommend the New American Standard Translation mainly because it is a transliteration of the original languages.  That being said, the following rules will apply to any good translation, but not a paraphrase translation (e.g. The Message, The Living Bible, etc.).  

When studying a passage remember the following 4 things are ALWAYS important:

  1. Context.  What is going on before and after the passage you are studying? By paying attention to this, you will better understand why the author, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has written those words.
  2. Grammar.  Pay attention to whether the words are speaking of the past, present or future. A lot of misinterpretation comes from not paying attention to the verb tenses. A pastor friend once said that a lot of Bible misinterpretation is because people don’t remember their English grammar rules.
  3. History.  What was going on during that time will tell you whether the passage applies to New Testament era believers or not.
  4. Literalness.  Take it literally unless the Bible tells you not to.  The Bible does use figures of speech and other literary devices, but normally you can determine what it means by following rules 1, 2 and 3.  The Bible says what it means and means what it says.  We may not like it, but that doesn’t render it untrue.  Too many times I hear people say, “Well, it can’t mean that,” or “I feel like God meant something else.”  No, He didn’t!  He’s very clear.

One other thing to remember:  Don’t create your theology from a singular biblical historical event.  Ax heads don’t float, but it did happened once (2 Kings 6:1-7).  Paul didn’t die when a poisonous snake, a viper, bit him, but that was for a specific time, location and reason (Acts 28:1-6).  Unfortunately, some people have taken this as normative for the Christian faith and have died after being bitten by snakes.

The Bible is not hard to understand; it’s sometimes hard to accept.  That’s because of our human rebelliousness toward God.

At the beginning of every Bible study session, pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and insight into His Word.  Then follow the above mentioned rules of interpreting and the Scriptures will become more clearly understood.

May the Lord bless you as you diligently study His Word and grow in grace and knowledge of Him.


By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Cultural-ishtianity: Culture’s Influence On “When Life Begins”

As we have been examining how culture has infiltrated, or influenced, the Church, we have looked at “What the Church Is NOT” and “What the Church IS.”  Without question the Church’s foundations have been, and continue to be, eroded by the pressure put on pastors, elders and other Church leadership to bend to the modern day moral values of the culture, rather than stay true to the absolute Truth of God’s Word.  There are very few people, men and women, who will stand and defend what the Bible says in opposition to what the culture is demanding.  The cost is very high for those who will not compromise Biblical truth.  Sometimes it costs them their jobs (pastors), sometimes their family relationships, sometimes their friendships, and sometimes their lives (martyrs).

One of the most contested issues that culture wants to weigh in on is “When Life Begins.”  Herein lies the entire abortion matter.  Culture, particularly western culture, has become militant in their demand to have abortion “on-demand,” at any time during a woman’s pregnancy, up to, and including, minutes after delivery of a human baby, just prior to cutting the umbilical cord.

Culture has argued for decades that it’s not a human being, “It's a fetus.”  Really?  God has created and designed every living creature since Genesis.  Each and every one of those creatures ONLY gives brings forth it’s own kind.  Whether they are brought forth in a live birth or hatched from an egg.  Dogs give birth to dogs; cats give birth to cats; lions give birth to lions; chickens hatch as chickens; lizards hatch as lizards and so on throughout all of creation.  If given the chance to go full term, every creature gives birth to its own kind.  The “fetus” argument was brought about, and perpetuated, by people who didn’t want to admit that God’s Word is true, nor did they want to bow to the Creator and Sovereign King.

So, what does the Scripture say?  Glad you asked.  Throughout the entire Bible we find words similar to this, “and she conceived and gave birth to a son” or “and she conceived and gave birth to a son and two daughters.”  There is never any question as to what comes forth from a woman’s womb at the end of her pregnancy:  she delivers a human baby, male or female.

Perhaps a look at Psalm 139 [NASB] would be helpful:
1 O LORD, Thou hast searched me and known me. 2 Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. 3 Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O LORD, Thou dost know it all.  5 Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it. 

Verses 1 - 6 speak of God’s omniscience.  He knows all things about us, even our thoughts!

7 Where can I go from Thy Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Thy presence?  8 If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.  9 If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 even there Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me.  11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to Thee, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee.

Verses 7 - 12 speak of God’s omnipresence; there is no place that man can go that God isn’t already there.  There is no place that man can hide from God.  This is something that we struggle to understand because our finite minds are trying to comprehend an Infinite God.  

13 For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well.  15 My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.  16 Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Verse 13 - 16 speak of God’s omnipotence; it is God who designed and created the human being back in Genesis 1:27.  It is by His power that all of the systems within each one of us functions (heart, lungs, skeletal, etc.), and that “weaving” takes place at the moment of conception.  In addition, it is God who determines the number of our days here on the earth, and He did that before we were even born.

Modern medicine can detect a baby’s heartbeat as early as 5 ½ to 6 weeks.  Prior to that time, God’s design is such that cells are dividing and growing exactly has He has determined.  If left to develop, nine months later a human infant is born.

Culture wants to redefine when a human being is actually a human being while in utero.  That’s because becoming pregnant, carrying it to term, giving birth and having to raise a child, for some people (both men and women), is an inconvenience to lifestyle, career or other plans that they may have had for their lives.  If they can convince women and men that, “It’s not really a human being,” then they can help assuage the horrendous guilt that comes with having an abortion.

The pro-abortion movement has coined the phrase, “No one has the right to tell another woman what she can do with her body!”  The problem with that statement is it isn’t her body that she is mutilating and has murdered.  It’s the body of an innocent child.  But no one ever talks about that.

I read a great statement from a woman who is clearly pro-life.  It goes like this:  “If a woman is thinking, or asking, about birth control products, she knows exactly when life begins.”  Yep.

Enough said.


By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cultural-ishtianity: What the Church IS

This series of articles entitled, "Cultural-isthtianity," is taking a look at how our culture, particularly here in the west, has influenced how the Church responds to issues of our day and time.  Sadly, the Church continues to bend more and more towards what the culture deems to be acceptable and less and less toward what God's Word says and commands.

In my last article, I spent sometime talking about what the Church is NOT.  Now that we have looked at what the Church is NOT, let’s briefly look at what the Church IS, according to God’s Word.


The word:  "Church"
The English word, “church,” comes from the Greek word, ekklesia, which is a compound word:  ek = out and kaleo = call.  The Church of Jesus Christ is, literally, the “called out” ones, those individuals who have been called out of the kingdom of darkness and brought into the kingdom of light by God’s grace alone, through their faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.  The “Church,” then, is composed of all those who have believed and received Jesus as their Savior.


The “Local” Church 
The local church is a gathering of those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who are committed to meet regularly for worship, teaching, fellowship, and prayer, and who help make disciples of other people in their immediate communities.  The location of their meeting is irrelevant as the Church is composed of people, not the location or building in which they gather.  Some local Churches meet in storefronts, some in church buildings, some in local school auditoriums and some in individual homes.


The “Universal” Church:
The universal church consists of all believers, worldwide, whom Christ has saved from the Day of Pentecost until the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18).  Though cultures may vary and languages are different, people from around the world who share in their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, are all members of the “universal” Church.  “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb’” (Rev. 7:9-10).


Metaphors:
The Bible uses metaphors to help us understand the uniqueness of the Church.  Let’s, briefly, look at a few of those:

  • The Church, universal, belongs to no one other than Jesus (Matt. 16:18).  
  • The Church is the “body of Christ” and Jesus is the “head” of that body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 4:11-12; Eph. 1:22-23).  
  • The Church is “the family (or household) of God” (Rom. 8:15,23; Eph. 1:5; 2:19; Gal. 6:10;    1 Tim. 3:14-15).
  • The Church is “the temple of God” (Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Cor. 6:19).
  • The Church is “the flock of God” (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2).
  • The Church is “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:14-15).
  • The Church is “the bride of Christ” (Rev. 19:7-10; Eph. 5:22-32).


Conclusion:
The Church of Jesus is unlike anything else throughout history.  A person can be part of Jesus’ church regardless of age, gender, nationality, location on the planet or political persuasion.  The Church is both local and universal.  The Church belongs to Jesus and no one else.  Herein lies the problem of church splits.  The words, “It’s not your church!” need to be said to those who would stir up strife and conflict. He is the head of His church and believers make up the body.  At the same time, every true believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  We are the children of God (1 John 3:1) and the flock of God.  As our Great Shepherd, the members of the Church are protected by and provided for by God Himself.  The Church is the protector and declarer of God’s truths, which are found in the Bible.  Lastly, the Church is the Bride of Christ and one day, she will be united with Him for all eternity at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

One final thought:  No true believer can, or should, ever live life in isolation, away from the rest of the body.  Nowhere in Scripture do we see God encouraging that lifestyle.  Believers are to be joined to one another for fellowship, worship, caring, discipleship, evangelism and prayer.  There are some good local churches out there.  Keep searching until you find one that is true to the Scriptures and sees Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.

May the Lord bless you as you seek to serve Him by serving others in His Church.

By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"Cultural-ishtianity" ~ What the Church Is NOT

The last article introduced this series of articles that I have called “Cultural-ishtianity.”  As I explained, it is not the Church that has been influencing and changing the culture.  Rather, it is the culture that has been, and is, changing and influencing the Church.  That influence includes what is taught and believed about:  Jesus and His claims regarding who He is and what He’s done; when human life actually begins; homosexuality and transgender lifestyles; marriage and divorce; the role of women in the Church; interpretation of the Bible, and other topics.

Before we look at those specific topics, it would be good to define what the Church is and is not.  Let’s start with what the Church is not.

The true Church of Jesus Christ is not any of the following:
A building or a structure
A social club
A dating pool
A political party
A democracy
A theatrical production
A performance hall or concert
A coffee bar
A Bingo parlor
A business run by a CEO
A denomination
A place to come to in order to “feel good” about yourself or your life choices
A pastor or worship leader
A specific nationality or heritage
A group of identically thinking people
A gathering of perfect people
And, perhaps, most importantly, the Church is not Israel

Is that list of what the church is not surprising?  Nowhere in Scripture will you find the Church of Jesus Christ described or defined by those things.

Whenever a church, of any sort, is founded or built upon any of these things, it is not representative of Jesus’ Church.  The following quote from Dale Partridge sums up what that type of church really is, “In other words, watered-down, oversized, uncommitted, spectator churches are much like a pasture filled with Astroturf—to [the] sheep it looks amazing, but in reality, there’s not much to eat.”

As a result, the sheep are starving.  They hunger for spiritual meat and all they find is milk (or less), therefore, they cannot “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  So they roam from one pasture to another desperately searching for the spiritual food that will nourish their souls.  Sadly, there are not many pastures/churches around where the Word of God is clearly taught with clarity, relevance and applicability.  There are some, but they are very difficult to find.

What, then, is the Church of Jesus Christ if it is not any of the things listed above?

Glad you asked!  I will talk all about that in the next article, so be sure to keep checking back.

May the Lord bless you as you seek to serve Him by serving His Church.


By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"Cultural-ishtianity"

An Introduction  
Never heard of that word before?  No surprise there.  It’s a word that has been forming in my mind as I have been observing what is happening to the Church (for the last several decades), that Jesus established through His sacrifice on the cross, His teachings and the revelations that He gave to the writers of the New Testament.

The word, “Cultural-ishtianity” captures the essence of the impact that cultures have had upon the true Church.  At the root of the word “cultural” is the word “cult.” And for some churches that is exactly what they have become:  cultish.  Not just the clearly pagan religions, but also some of the well known denominations.  They have elevated a person or their denomination, or their secret rituals as opposed to elevating Jesus Christ.  They have jettisoned their once strongly held biblical beliefs and practices in order to accommodate whatever the culture declares to be “truth,” regardless of whether or not that cultural truth is in agreement with the Scriptures.  Why?  Because they want to stay attractive or relevant to those who are not interested in hearing the truths of the Bible.

Did you notice what’s missing from the second part of the word “Cultural-ishtianity”?  Christ!!  Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6).  Yet, how many of today’s preachers/pastors (of various denominations) have compromised that truth in order to be more “tolerant” and accepting of other religions and their beliefs? In an effort to be inclusive they will say, “There are many ways to heaven,” or “We all worship the same God. We just use a different description.”

Yes, this is a strange title for a series of articles.  However, it describes what is happening in the Church of Jesus Christ:  Cultures (especially Western culture) have had, are having, and will continue to have an influence the Jesus’ Church, and how its leaders will either cling to, or discard, God’s holy Word as their sole source of truth.  I really wish that I could have entitled this series:  “Christianity Impacts the Culture(s),” but, sadly, that is not what has been, is now or ever will happen in the future.  As we continue our journey towards the end of the age of grace, and move ever closer to the Rapture and the Great Tribulation, the “Christian Church” will fall further and further away (the apostasy) from the foundations of Biblical truth. How do we know that’s true, because God’s Word tells us that this is going to happen.

As Paul is instructing Timothy, he tells this young pastor why it’s so important for him to “peach the word,”
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:1-4).  

The time of not enduring sound doctrine and wanting to have ears tickled came many decades ago and will remain.

It is my hope to present a series of articles that will examine “Cultural-ishtianity” and the various places in which cultures have so influenced the Church that it is extremely difficult to find a local church that holds the Bible in high esteem, or a pastor who uses a literal, grammatical, historical, cultural hermeneutic (method of interpreting God’s Word).  I will be looking at some of the following areas:  Jesus and His claims regarding who He is and what He’s done; when does human life really begin; homosexuality and transgender lifestyles; marriage and divorce; the role of women in the Church; interpretation of the Bible and other topics.

Please do not misunderstand.  I am not saying that there is anything wrong with honoring one’s culture or heritage.  By all means celebrate that: God created all people of every tribe, nation and language.  When I use the word “culture” what I am referring to is the ever-changing morals, values and beliefs that society has adopted that dictate some sense of morality, even if those morals, values and beliefs are completely apart from what God has declared to be true in His Word. 

As you think about this word, “Cultural-ishtianity,” think about how churches have changed, adapted, compromised (in a bad way) and whether or not Jesus is pleased with what His Church looks like today. Or, perhaps, some are not really His church at all.  Food for thought.

May the Lord give you insight, wisdom and discernment as you think about this important issue.


By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD): Another Unbiblical gospel

It’s not new.  In fact, this terminology has been around since about 2005.  At that time, it was mostly used to describe what teenagers believed about God. Here’s the thing:  its no longer just teens who believe the tenets of this false gospel.  It’s become widespread in churches in Western Culture and around the world.

Here are its five most basic tenets:
  1. A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
  2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
  3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
  4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
  5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

Let’s start with the title:
  • “Moralistic” implies that this is a human derived definition of God, not one that comes from the Bible.  Moral values and tenets, which are man-made, are always subjective, meaning what’s right or wrong becomes the decision of every individual, apart from the Biblical absolutes.  In other words, every man/woman becomes a law unto himself/herself with no accountability to God or His Word.
  • “Therapeutic” is a word used to talk about “feelings.”  If something is therapeutic it helps people “feel” better either physically or emotionally about themselves. Again, there is no reference to God’s Word or His commands.  The popularity of this false gospel is founded upon people “feeling” good about themselves as they have created a god who is at their beck and call.
  • “Deism” has been around for a very long time.  In a nutshell, those who agree with this theology basically believe that God created everything and then stepped back and let it run all by itself.  In other words, He is not active in His own creation.  Deism is one of the key beliefs for those who try to blend the truth of God creating all things and the theory of evolution.

Let’s quickly examine these five beliefs of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD):
  1. A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
o  First:  It is not “a God.” He is THE God, the One and only (see Deut. 4:35; 2 Sam. 7:22; 1 Chron. 17:20; Isaiah 42:8; 45:5-6, 18; and many more passages). 

  1. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
o  While there is truth in this statement, it is not ALL that God wants for humanity.  In fact, it’s not the most important thing.
o  His most important instruction, again, from His Word, is to believe and receive Jesus, the Christ, as your personal Savior in order to be saved from our sins (see Matt. 17:5; Luke 9:35; John 3:36; 5:24; 6:47; and many more passages).
o  As far as “other world religions” claiming this statement, it started with God’s explicit instructions.  The other religions have simply adopted it as their own.

  1. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
o   This is NOT a biblical truth.  
o   This is – the ultimate goal of life is living for Christ (Phil 3:8–14), and the ultimate model for life is Christ Himself.  Phil 2:5-11 holds up Christ as the definitive pattern of self-emptying love. 
o   And so is this: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).
o   This MTD tenet is all about a self-centered, self-seeking lifestyle, which is the furthest thing from biblical truth and instructions for living the Christian life.

  1. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
o   Really?  God is ALWAYS involved in His creation and the lives of His people and even the lives of unbelievers
o   Read:  Genesis 45:5-8
o   Read:  Job chapters 38-42
o   Read:  Psalm 145:9; 147:8-ff.
o   Read:  Matt. 5:45; 10:29
o   Read:  Acts 14:17; 17:28; Eph. 1:11; Col. 1:17
o   Read the Bible!

  1. Good people go to heaven when they die. 
o   This is part of the “Therapeutic” aspects of MTD. It makes people “feel” good.
o   Nowhere in Scripture will you find proof that “Good people go to heaven when they die.”
o   Read:  Romans 3:10-18.  This is the condition of all human beings apart from being born again from above; being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
o   Read: John 3:16-18; 6:40
o   Read: Acts 10:43; Romans 4:5
o   Read: Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a dangerous heresy!  None of the five major tenets are biblical.  People’s eternal lives are at risk and, yet, this is what’s coming from countless pulpits every Sunday morning.

As a chaplain at a major medical center, I meet with many people throughout the week. I can tell you that MTD is being taught in churches and believed by those sitting in the congregations.  

If you are in a church that puts forth this type of heresy, time to find another church --- one that teaches what God says and not some “feel good about yourself” nonsense.

What would the apostle Paul say about Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?  “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9).

By His Grace,

Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D. Min.